Brompton Asian Brasserie – CLOSED
Yesterday, when BW couldn’t find a booking for the Italian restaurant of Novikov, I was slightly disappointed. “Slightly” being an under-exaggeration, I was devastated – my favourite restaurant was too busy for me! Thankfully, they managed to save the day and mentioned a new restaurant that they had opened up; Brompton Asian Brasserie by Novikov, which also serves halal food. An Asian restaurant owned by my favourite Asian restaurant – what’s there not to be excited about.
The restaurant is located in Knightsbridge and as soon as you enter, you’re in a trendy yet casual restaurant. The concept is different to Novikov in that Brompton Asian Brasserie seems a lot more relaxed in comparison to the glitz and glamazons of Novikov. The restaurant is set on two stories, the ground and the basement floor, and we were led downstairs to our table where we waited for the rest of our party of ten to arrive.
Lychee and Berry Mocktail
A deliciously sweet and refreshing start to the evening!
A must order at every Asian restaurant you visit, soft edamame beans doused in a slight fiery and garlicky spicy sauce.
Prawn, Spinach and Coriander Dumplings
These were steamed, green and doughy parcels stuffed with plump prawns, spinach and coriander. Although they were good, they weren’t the best prawn dumplings we have had and needed some supplementary sauces to help bring out the flavour of dumplings.
Crispy Black Cod Rolls with Mango Sauce
This was my favourite dish out of the bunch – flaky black cod deep fried and coated in the crunchiest vermicelli. It tasted even better when dunked in the sweet and creamy mango sauce!
Rock Shrimp Tempura with Chilli Mayonnaise
These shrimp were tempura-battered, crispy and bite-sized goodies which tasted nice enough on their own but needed a good dip into the chilli-mayonnaise to get that extra kick.
Warm Aromatic Crisp Roast duck & Lychee Herb Salad
A whole mass of green leaves mixed in with warm, crispy duck and sweet, crunchy pomegranate seeds. Albeit the salad itself not being that flavourful on its own, when it was mixed in with the shreds of aromatic duck, and even better, the pomegranate seeds, it all worked together really well.
The raw tuna came wrapped in rice with chunks of avocado and topped with a silver of more fresh, raw tuna. There was no spicy element to the sushi which was a shame considering it was good but overall, nowhere near as good as other restaurants’ versions.
Yellow Tail and Spring Onion Maki
The yellow tail came wrapped in rice and was filled with crispy, fried onions and small rings of spring onions. This was a lot better than the spicy tuna maki and was delicious when dunked in wasabi infused soy sauce.
5 Kinds Sashimi Platter
I didn’t get a chance to take a snap or taste this, but fresh sashimi of eel, seabass, yellowtail, salmon and scallops came out on a bowl piled high of ice. According to BW, the salmon sashimi was fresh and delectable.
Spicy Miso Baby Chicken
Chunks of boneless chicken came to the table with a slight crisp, skin, smothered in sweet miso sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Like the duck salad, it was slightly salty but the chicken had been chargrilled meaning you could taste the delicious and slight charred taste on the skin.
Grilled Salt Marsh Lamb Cutlets with Thai Flavours and Lime
This is the one dish that I have to order at every restaurant I visit (if it is on the menu) regardless if I eat it or not. Just looking at the dish itself is simply enough for me. You can never go wrong with lamb cutlets. Cooked to a medium, the meat is tender and oozing with juices whilst the fat just melts away slowly in your mouth, and these are exactly how Brompton Asian Brasserie delivered their thick and succulent lamb cutlets.
The food was nice, delivered fresh and piping hot to the table. The atmosphere was comfortable, casual and not too stuffy. That’s the good news! But almost 99% of the time, where a restaurant excels in something, another component is completely neglected. So do you want to know the bad news? The service.
It all started once we had all arrived, were seated and ready to order. We waited and we waited until a waiter came to take the table’s drink orders, and then a further waiting occurred until we managed to grab a waiter to take our food order.
The starters arrived in dribs and drabs, and took over 20 minutes until all the starters had arrived. With only half the table receiving the food sometimes, or no general condiments or soy sauce showing up to table until 10 to 15 minutes after being asked for, or drink orders being forgotten, the service was beginning to become irritable. We then received our main courses quite sometime after the starters had been cleared from the table.
Of course, the entertainment of the evening began after this debacle, with the manager being summoned on to the scene. The service had no system whatsoever with the waiters only taking drink orders from half the table, or delivering a forgotten drink to the table as soon as we received the bill. The waiters were patient and kind with our large group of ten, however this was not large enough of a group to forget any requests or drinks. Nor was our table large enough for the kitchen to not be able to cook up our dishes in an acceptable time frame, especially considering that the restaurant was near empty at this point.
In total, we paid £450 between 10 people with the 12.5% service charged removed. Yes, its not as great as Novikov, and the service was one of the poorest I’ve experienced since I’ve started blogging, however, despite the complete lack of service, this restaurant is fairly new meaning that they are just getting to grasps of a full restaurant on a Saturday night or large groups. Given a couple more months and an efficient system of order taking, I’m sure the service will be more adequate and more capable of taking on many orders and tables. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a casual Saturday night dinner with friends or even an intimate date!
P.S. This is my 50th blog post – how exciting!!!
When we first called, we were told the chicken and beef was halal, and once we arrived at the restaurant, we were informed that all meats were halal. Please verify yourselves when visiting this restaurant.
Address: 223-225 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2EJ
Telephone: 020 7225 2107
Closest Station: Knightsbridge and South Kensington Stations.
Parking: Outside the restaurant and in surrounding area after 6:30pm